Gone are the days when you could only get married in a place of worship or a registry office. Now the world and his front door have opened up to allow civil marriages in all manner of stunning places. Popular venues include converted barns, castles, museums, hotels and historic houses. You could even get married in a zoo if you really fancy it. I’ve rounded up a few of the best from around the UK. (Picture – Chester Zoo)
Matara Centre in Gloucestershire describes itself as ‘an uplifting oasis of beauty and calm in the unspoiled Cotswold countryside. They centre blends east and west design and will perform civil ceremonies and commitment ceremonies. The banquet room is glass domed and seats up to 150 guests with a cloistered courtyard and stunning parkland as a backdrop to photographs. (see picture)
Chester Zoo can cater for wedding parties of up to 60 guests or 120 if you opt for the marquee. They also cater for wedding breakfasts and evening receptions that comprise a safari, barbecue buffet and disco.
Princess Caroline – If the sea life is the only life for you, head down to Southampton and board the Princess Caroline. They can accomodate 150 guests for dancing on deck and food from finger buffets to silver service menus.
Century Club in London’ s West End is aprivate members club but you don’t have to join to hold your wedding here. The service -with 50 guests- can be held in the Rose Lnagton room which overlooks the gardens od St Anne’s church. Sit down meals for 50 guests, a buffet for 70 or drinks and canapes for 130. Or you could hire the whole four floors.
For many more unusual venues visit For Better Or Worse.